ATA, NASA AND THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY


Founder and CEO of ATA Associates, Mr. Swint spent twenty-five years with the NASA space program, which included extensive work on both the Apollo and the Shuttle programs, including the position of lead project engineer for the shuttle avionics integration laboratory. He also received the Apollo 13 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. Mr. Swint has always kept close ties with the Johnson Space Center and utilizes several of his old NASA "teammates" as technical consultants on ATA case work.

In fact, ATA has established relationships with Jacobs Technology and Bay Tech to expedite and assist private sector use of NASA JSC test and analysis facilities to evaluate products. These facilities provide a mechanism to utilize one-of-a-kind aerospace test facilities for product analysis. The following links identify the capabilities available - Structures Test Lab, Advanced Materials Lab, Battery Test Facility, Vibration & Acoustic Test Facility and Receiving Inspection & Test Facility (RITF).

In view of of the skills and experience of our in-house staff coupled with the relationships that we have cultivated and maintained, ATA has decided to gather and organize all of our resources and bring them to bear in assisting you with all of your aeronautics and aerospace needs. Please review the qualifications of our team members and let us know how we can help you.

THE ATA AEROSPACE TEAM

Founder and CEO of ATA Associates, Mr. Swint spent 25 years with NASA JSC Space Programs, which included extensive work on the Apollo, Shuttle, and Space Station programs. His positions included Manager of Apollo Displays and Controls Subsystems, Shuttle Integrated Avionics System Integration Manager, and Space Station.Safety Manager. Mr. Swint has kept close ties with NASA and has agreements with NASA to utilize their engineering and test facilities. During his career as an accident investigator he has worked on over 6000 cases.


Mr. Fritsch is a licensed, professional engineer with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from
Rice University. He has worked at ATA Associates for over 17 years after gaining broad engineering experience in prior jobs with two NASA contractors. Mr. Fritsch has experience and expertise in the areas of spacecraft mock-up design, lighter-than-air technology and scientific ballooning. He also has extensive experience in the use of accelerometers and other electronic instrumentation, including global positioning system (GPS) technology. In addition to his credentials and experience in mechanical engineering, Ed has also passed the professional engineer’s exam in naval architecture and marine engineering.


Mr. Vaughan has received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University with a focus in design engineering. Allen has developed proficiency analyzing accidents using engineering tools such as a FARO 3-D scanner, Reality accident reconstruction software, V-Box data collector and surveying equipment.


Ms. Yergin has been an accident investigator since 1994, when she went to study under forensic physicist Thomas L. Bohan, a past president of the Academy of Forensic Sciences. April has two degrees, one of which was a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from Arizona State University.

Ms. Yergin has extensive experience in vehicle systems download, dynamics analysis and computer-aided simulation tools, and is ACTAR certified.


Mr. Alexander has experience in a variety of disciplines which include military and civilian aircraft flight control systems, electrical and mechanical systems, industrial equipment control systems, OSHA electrical code compliance and general safety issues. Bob spent 20 years at NASA working in various positions on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, as well as having worked at Lockheed Martin specializing in safety product assurance. Additionally, he is trained in accident investigation with a focus on failure and cause identification.


Dr. Andre is a professor at James Madison University. His expertise centers on visual perception and human factors. He has been conducting vision research in university settings since 1988 and has over 20 publications and 55 conference presentations and invited addresses. Dr. Andre’s expert witness consulting activities provide him an opportunity to apply his research and interests in visual science and human factors to the legal community.

In his 20 year career, he has provided expert opinions on issues such as, but not limited to, nighttime conspicuity, lighting conditions, perception-reaction time, and alcohol’s effects on vision, expectation and attention.

Barry G. Dickey is the certified forensic expert for Audio Evidence Lab, a laboratory specializing in the analysis of audio/video evidence. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Dickey has provided testimony in federal and state courts on issues involving audio, video, and voice identification. His responsibilities include audio/video authentication, digital enhancement/restoration, voice identification/elimination, speech/phonetic analysis, and transcription of evidentiary recordings. In association with The American College of Forensic Examiners, Mr. Dickey has served on the Executive Committees for both the Forensic Audio and Forensic Video Divisions of the American Board of Recorded Evidence.


William "Bill" Gossard has 48 years of experience as a consultant in transportation safety issues and has extensive background in the area of drone safety. Bill has worked for the Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation and the independent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Additionally, Mr. Gossard has completed twelve national reports adopted by the five member NTSB Presidential Board - a task not equaled by any other staff member of the NTSB.


During the course of Gene's 20 year career in the United States Air Force, he participated in the investigation of many aircraft accidents as either Operations Member or overall Team Chief of the investigation. These included investigations in combat zones. Mr. Hollier was Flying/Nuclear/Missile Safety Officer of the USAF Wing at Myrtle Beach AFB, was Flying Safety Officer of Ninth Airforce Headquarters, in charge of overseeing the investigation of all aircraft accidents under our command and was a member of the Ninth AF Organizational Inspection Team as the Safety Officer. Gene also had positions as a nuclear Bomb Commander Trainer, an Instructor Pilot in four types of aircraft (F-100, T-39, C-130 and C-47), a Wing Staff briefer, a General Staff briefer, was selected to be the USAF Air Attaché to the Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.


Dr. Lasseigne serves as the Chief Technical Officer of G2MT Laboratories. She has extensive experience in the fields of metallurgy, hydrogen, corrosion, and materials science and is a world renowned expert in hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion.

Angelique places great emphasis on taking an ethical approach to her work and has published over 90 papers and co-authored three books in the fields of welding metallurgy, corrosion, and non-destructive testing for materials characterization. She received bachelors degrees in physics and metallurgical engineering and her M.S. and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Mr. Shirey is an Analytical Chemist and the owner of Shirey Analytical Services. SAS is a material analysis consulting agency focusing on the compositional analysis of coatings/paint, elastomers, plastics and oils.
Lynn's capabilities in the use of microscopes include 40X and 200X visual microscopy as well as micro-FTIR analysis.

Lynn conducts root cause failure analysis of coatings, plastics and elastomers on a routine basis.


21st Century Forensic Animation is the oldest forensic animation firm in the nation and is one of the pioneers in the forensic animation field. They work in conjunction with experts across the globe to create sophisticated 3D computer visualization of their expert opinion. They have generated countless animations for cases involving motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, trucking, motor coaches and trains. They also have extensive experience in cases involving maritime, aviation, construction, OSHA, FELA, product liability, maintenance, electricity, explosions, fires, environmental, oil & gas, roadway design, patents, floods, hurricanes, capital murder, death penalty, mass shootings, and even war crimes, plus many others. 21st Century utilizes the latest technologies such as UAV (drone), laser scanning and close-range photogrammetry to insure the accuracy and verifiability
of their animations.


Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD, is a Professor in the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University where he is the director of the Impact Biomechanics Laboratory and the director of the Automotive Systems Laboratory. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine.

Dr. Ziejewski has performed human body dynamics research for the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Human System Division which is part of the United States Air Force. He has been a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Collaboration Group on Human Brain Modeling. He has been involved in Emergency Room (ER) Biomechanical Brain Injury Evaluation, at Meritcare’s Trauma Center, Fargo, ND. Dr. Ziejewski was also named the founding chair of the Blast Injury Institute of NABIS.